When Iraqi military units invaded Kuwait in August of 1990, the move was met with international condemnation. There are several reasons why Iraq decided to invade: they had a large debt with Kuwait, Kuwait's larger oil operations were decreasing Iraq's profits, and they accused Kuwait of slant-drilling and stealing oil from Iraqi oil fields.
After only two days of fighting, all the Kuwaiti military was either overrun or had escaped to neighboring Saudi Arabia. Within hours of the invasion, the UN had imposed economic sanctions against Iraq and on Nov 29, gave them a deadline of January 15, 1991 to withdraw from Kuwait. On August 7, the US began moving ships and planes to the region to protect Saudi oil fields, and also to build up forces for the potential invasion.
Called "Operation Desert Shield", eventually over 500,000 troops, two naval battle groups, and several fighter and bomber groups from the Air Force would be stationed in or near Saudi Arabia. Operation Desert Storm began on January 17, 1991, with the aerial campaign destroying the Iraqi air force, air defense systems, and communication centers, as well as other important military targets. The land invasion of Kuwait began on February 23, and by February 26 the Iraq forces had begun pulling back. Coalition forces pursed the Iraqi military across its own border, moving to within 150 miles of Baghdad, before pulling out.
On February 27, Saddam Hussein ordered a retreat from Kuwait, and on February 28, US President George H. W. Bush declared a cease-fire. 100 hours after the ground invasion began, the war in Iraq was over.
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